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Publisher's Summary

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiraling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.
Sylvia Plath's groundbreaking semiautobiographical novel offers an intimate, honest and often wrenching glimpse into mental illness. The Bell Jar broke the boundaries between fiction and reality and helped cement Sylvia Plath's place as an enduring feminist icon. Celebrated for its darkly humorous, razor-sharp portrait of 1950s society, it continues to resonate with readers today as a testament to the universal human struggle to claim one's rightful place in the world.
©2015 Sylvia Plath (P)2015 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber & Faber Ltd
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By M. B. M. G. on 08-21-15

Esther whispering into your ear

I've always struggled to finish reading the Bell Jar, but this was disturbingly fascinating.
You are treated to Sylvia Plath's words, delivered flawlessly by Maggie Gyllenhaal, perfevt incarnation of Esther.

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By Nakota on 12-05-15

Weird

I'd like to know why did they cut the first paragraph about the Rosenbergs? weird

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By Mr N J Filer on 08-01-15

This is not unabridged

I'm very familiar with this novel but bought on audio as I'm a big fan of Maggie Gyllenhaal, so thought it a nice way to revisit it. Unfortunately, as another reviewer has pointed out, the first several pages of the novel are omitted. All the stuff about it being the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs. Baffling, really.

Has put me off in case more edits have been made throughout. Classic novel. Great shame to mess with it.

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By Bryony on 09-09-15

THIS IS NOT UNABRIDGED

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

As a huge fan of The Bell Jar, I knew from the first sentence that this was not, as stated, unabridged. How can an audiobook miss the first few pages of a classic novel and not mention it? Maggie Gyllenhaal does a great job reading it, and Plath's book itself is of course wonderful, but very disappointed at being mislead by Audible/Amazon.

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By Colette on 06-01-17

Sylvia Plath Rocked

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I thought the writing and the reading of the book superb.

What did you like best about this story?

Sylvia Plath's use of language. Her ability to get inside her character and deliver that character to the reader was brilliant.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of them. I found the story flowed right throughout.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

All people are created equal. Only society deems otherwise.

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By Terri on 10-01-16

Best Narrator

Maggie is Esther Greenwood. I loved her narration - A cautionary tale for all of us who sometimes are a little crazy. RIP Sylvia.

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